Five things we just learned about PlayStation’s 2016 lineup

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gran Turismo Sport and Driveclub Bikes coming to PS4.

Paris Games Week is on, and Sony has kicked it off with a press conference that included a hearty dose of new announcements and details for PlayStation VR, including heavy-hitter franchises Tekken and Gran Turismo.The GT series is Sony’s most successful racing franchise and there have been numerous hints at the officially unannounced Gran Turismo 7 being in development. The PlayStation 4 accessory looks like it’s going to play a large role in Sony’s 2016 offerings when it launches sometime in the first half of next year.

Sony began its VR showing with a new trailer for RIGS, a competitive title that, based on what I’ve seen of it, I’m going to describe as “Robot Quidditch.” There are mech suits, goals, and team-based shooting, all from a first-person perspective. The trailer below doesn’t reveal much, but according to the store description it allows you to race on all 78 existing Driveclub tracks and features ‘the world’s best superbikes’ fromYamaha, Ducati, Kawasaki, Honda, Bimota, BMW, and more. Polyphony Digital and Sony Computer Entertainment announced that Gran Turismo Sport would be the latest game in the series, introducing gamers to advanced physics, sound and gameplay, all attached to the series’ trademark graphics. The trailer showed off an arena based in Dubai, full of smooth edges and multi-level paths, all surrounded by a lovely view of the futuristic version of the city.

They didn’t reveal much about the game other than that it’s coming in 2016, but they did make it known that the game would be a “rebirth” for the series and that they would be teaming up with FIA to make it happen. Players who want to race for their country will play in the Nations Cup, while those who want to represent a favorite automaker can choose the Manufacturer Fan Cup. The first league will be a regional tournament series where players from around the world will compete in the new Gran Turismo series to become their nation’s champion. Polyphony Digital’s Kazunori Yamauchi was on stage to announce the game (alongside his adorable notepad-wielding translator), but didn’t offer an awful lot of detail. In addition to this there will also be a manufacturers league where players will race their favorites car to represent the manufacturer in a championship series.

While this doesn’t seem all that fascinating at first, the real hook for this collaboration between the Gran Turismo brand and FIA is that these virtual championships will be treated like real life championships. Another first-person game, this one had a trailer where the player character crept nervously under a dino stampede before pausing in their tracks before a menacing T-Rex type, Jurassic Park style. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to fans of the renown racing game franchise because Gran Turismo is a very well regarded and celebrated racing title within the real life racing circles of professional motorsports.

More recently Gamespot reported that Jann Mardenborough managed to graduate from the GT Academy and to join the Red Bull racing team, and he’s already pegged to be a real threat in the Formula One scene. The best part of each announcement, however, was the glimpse we got of face models in highly CG environments pretending to be immersed in the magic of virtual reality.

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